Senior Director of Research, Advocacy, and Policy (G4GC)


An initial project of the NoVo Foundation, Foundation for a Just Society, Ms. Foundation for Women, The New York Women’s Foundation, Communities for Just Schools Fund and other partners, Grantmakers for Girls of Color (G4GC) launched as an online platform in 2015. In April of 2020, G4GC hired the renowned Dr. Monique Morris as its first Executive Director and became an independent nonprofit organization supporting a growing community of funders who are actively working on or interested in efforts to address the structural inequities facing girls of color. With an annual budget of $3.5 million and an anticipated staff of 8-10, G4GC brings together the latest research, data, news, and insights to promote collective strategizing, grantmaking and partnership across philanthropy; hosts an annual funder convening; connects funders to movements through webinars focused on ongoing timely issues facing girls of color; and leads research to help philanthropy better respond to the needs of girls of color.

G4GC envisions a world in which all girls are healthy, safe and thriving. Where each person is fully empowered to pursue their dreams and shape their desired reality on their terms, free from all structural barriers created by racism, sexism and ageism and other forms of discrimination. We recognize that girls of color hold particular vulnerabilities because of their age and other intersecting identities; and yet they also hold immense power to drive transformation. At the same time, girls of color are often invisible across funding priorities, efforts to address policy change, and in systems and programming. We believe that investing in building the power of girls and responding to their vulnerabilities is critical to creating meaningful change with and for them, their communities, and this country.

Visit to learn more about G4GC’s programs and operations.


G4GC seeks a dynamic Senior Director for Research, Advocacy and Policy to lead G4GC’s research-based advocacy and grantee-partner education work to advance policies and practices that uplift and sustain the wellbeing of girls of color in the United States and elsewhere. Reporting to the Deputy Director, the Senior Director for Research, Advocacy and Policy will manage at least one report and interns as needed; work closely with consultants and volunteers as needed; and participate in the development and refinement of grantee evaluation, reporting, and data management systems.

Core Characteristics and Skills

  • Passion for the Mission & Relationship Builder

The Senior Director for Research, Advocacy and Policy will be a champion of our constituents, including donors and fellow funders, grantee partners and practitioners, and girls, femmes, and gender expansive youth of color with a true passion for improving outcomes and expanding opportunities for BIPOC girls. They will exhibit a strong connection to our diverse community and will have the skills and enthusiasm to support the G4GC team in continuing to build relationships within the philanthropic sector while ensuring that G4GC develops new and unique opportunities to serve the mission.

  • Strong Accumen for Participatory Research Methods and Policy

The Senior Director for Research, Advocacy and Policy will have demonstrated ability to lead research, policy and planning processes using community-based, participatory methods. They will be skilled at collecting, interpreting, and reporting data such that it can inform policy and practice while maintaining effective, trusting relationships and coalitions with stakeholders at multiple levels within complex environments.

Key Responsibilities

Participatory Research to Inform Grantee Partner Movements

  • Work with the G4GC senior leadership team to structure and lead the development and implementation of original, participatory research to inform the field of philanthropy about pertinent trends and opportunities for girls of color in the United States.
  • Work with grantee partners to collect, analyze and interpret relevant data from the field to inform the work of G4GC and the organizations/movements that G4GC supports with and for girls of color.
  • Advise/inform the G4GC grantmaking staff and leadership team on funding strategies to advance and expand participatory action research led by and for girls of color.
  • Develop, implement, and analyze data collection tools (e.g., surveys and other instruments) associated with examining core issues of importance to the G4GC network.
  • Represent G4GC at research conferences, as determined by the Executive Director and Deputy Director.
  • Share in knowledge dissemination, reporting, webinars and other communications as needed.


  • Implement research strategies that advance advocacy goals of G4GC and the field more broadly.
  • Lead internal mapping of relevant advocacy efforts at federal, state, and local levels related to the wellbeing of girls of color.
  • Identify and develop strategies topartner with research-based advocacy efforts designed to improve conditions for BIPOC girls and gender-expansive youth, as necessary.
  • Create public education tools to inform public understanding of research trends associated with girls of color.

Organizational Capacity-Building

  • Work with G4GC senior leadership team to analyze organizational metrics for official reporting and communications purposes.
  • Mentor and coach junior staff and serve as a sounding board and resource to the senior leadership team for G4GC.

Required Qualifications

  • At least 5 years of senior-level experience in research, including demonstrated expertise in participatory research methods.
  • At least 3 years of demonstrated experience in senior-level policy analysis and advocacy
  • Shared commitment to serving the unique needs and challenges of girls across the spectrum of cisgender, transgender or gender expansive youth or adolescents of color in the United States.
  • Deep experience in research-based movement building and a strong track record of advancing diversity, equity and inclusion and demonstrating an understanding of how race, ethnicity, gender expression, sexuality, and age shape experiences with power and access to opportunity, particularly in the U.S. context.
  • Experience in supervising staff, engaging with consultants, team building and contributing to the development of a positive organizational culture.
  • Agility and ability to quickly course correct in changing or complicated political environments and communities, both internally and externally.
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills.

 Preferred Qualifications

  • Terminal degree in the social sciences (e.g., sociology, political science, anthropology, ethnic studies, gender studies) or related field (e.g. law)
  • Experience managing multi-site research
  • Experience managing remote team members


The salary range for this position is $120,000 to $150,000 commensurate with experience, plus a competitive benefits package including health coverage, retirement benefits, paid sick leave, vacation and holidays, tuition reimbursement, and access to professional development resources.


To apply, please email a cover letter, résumé and a list of three reference to [email protected] on or before 5:00 PM PST on Sunday, November 15, 2020. Email applications are required. One combined PDF file is preferred. Use the subject line: G4GC Senior Director of Research, Advocacy and Policy. Note that application review begins immediately and candidates will be notified in advance of any outreach to references. Position open until filled.


As a project of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, the Grantmakers for Girls of Color is a values-based equal opportunity employer. We have a deep commitment to building transformative culture and challenging racism, sexism, homophobia and oppression in all its forms. We strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, differently-abled people, formerly incarcerated people and people of any and all traditionally marginalized identities to apply. Applicants will not be discriminated against because of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, religion, national origin, disability, ancestry, marital status, veteran status, medical condition or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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  • Reed Young
    published this page in Job Board 2020-11-03 08:47:38 -0500